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Event Guide 54: Tallaght-Rathfarnham Art Trail, Chapelizod Festival, Viking Festival, We are Here 3.0, Sea Stallion, National Play Day

Hi all!

There is an interesting weekend! Not only are there lots of events, but as well the Euro 2008 final where Germany will meet Spain. A difficult one for me. I will certainly support Germany, but for a number of reasons, the team I would have supported most amongst the other participants is Spain, so my preference would be a friendly draw between the two teams. Strangely I can’t see that happening! :-)

I got another donation this week! Thanks a lot Cliodhna! I can now use as a sponsorship message: Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), sponsored by Esme and Cliodhna! Do you want to see your name in the list? It is easy: tinyurl.com/68dmlq :-)

One of many events this weekend is the new (and potentially once-off) Viking Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The “Sea Stallion of Glendalough” the replica of a Viking boat that was on display in the National Museum since July 2007 is leaving Ireland again to sail back to Denmark and I will be at the farewell party because the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, who I work with, will sing there. The event already starts at 09:30 on Sunday morning and we need your support. So please come out to help us a bit at that early hour, it would be a pity if we sang for the sea gulls only. Does this tempt you even more: Unconfirmed rumours have it that there will be free coffee and Danishes. :-)

I got a HUGE amount of mails this week with event information. Thanks a lot to everyone who contacted me. I try replying to everyone, but it doesn’t work always. I hope you won’t get upset or feel under-appreciated if you don’t get a reply. The amount of mails is just to high at times to reply to each and everyone. With all that interesting information coming in, this Event Guide might get longer and longer, but I hope you are used to the pages and pages by now and have developed your own personal strategy to work your way through the information.

This week, I can’t tell you much about the past weekend, not because it disappeared in a party-filled haze, but because I was helping Patrick Cumiskey – together with Michal, Rachel, Ray and Edsko – to teach 51 people how to defend themselves if they need to, using Krav Maga, an Israelian self-defence system. If you want to find out more about this one, of my many hobbies, drop me a mail and if there is enough interest, I will try to negotiate an Event Guide discount for you for the training course.

And another event that I want to mention specifically: It is not free, but I am involved, so bear with me and please endure this little plug. ;-) On Wednesday 02 July, Kevin Doyle, The Way it Was Orchestra and the Graceland Gospel Choir (which includes me) perform in the Sugar Club supporting Colette Henry’s fund raising event for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Find out more about this event and who else will be performing in the WEDNESDAY section of this Event Guide.

And finally:
Connor Lynch who writes the blog connector.ie and who some of you met at our “birthday party” for the Dublin Event Guide wrote an article in his blog about the Dublin Event Guide. You can find it here www.connector.ie/?p=72. Not sure If I have ANY similarity with the beer carrying Bavarian that he used to illustrate the article with :-), but the content of the article is accurate. Have a look at Connors other blog posts as well www.connector.ie.

Mary O’Brien, who won tickets for the Tango class last week had a great evening and praised John and Erika. So even if it is only the little toe in your body that would like to try out tango once, give it a go. :-) The guys really come recommended by now three Event Guide readers.
This week we don’t have a competition for Tango classes, but I might have another pair of tickets available in the coming weeks. (Let me know if you are interested!)
But just for your information (give in to that itching little toe!!): Natural Tango (naturaltango.blogspot.com) are running Tango classes every Monday in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street, near Temple Bar. The classes are 19:30-20:30 Beginners, 20:30-21:30 Intermediate-Advanced, from 21:30 Tango Club to practise what you have learned. The classes are drop-in classes and you don’t need a partner to participate. The cost for a class (Beginners or Intermediate/Advanced) PLUS entry to the Tango Club is EUR 10 and you don’t need to pre-book.
John+Erika teach now in Liberty Hall as well if that suits you better: Saturdays @ Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden Quay: Beginners 20:00, Intermediate-Advanced 21:00, Milonga (Tango Club) 22:00-00:55. Beginners Class + Milonga EUR 10, Intermediate Class + Milonga EUR 15, Class only or Milonga only EUR 10

All events in this section are non-free events, but the organisers are making tickets available for you to win. If you win, your name will be on the guest list. If you don’t win, but will go to the event anyway, help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

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From this week a free shuttle bus service will be provided linking some of Dublin’s main cultural attractions. The service is called “Cultúr Bus” and it will be available on Sundays from 12:00-17:00 until the end of September. It is funded by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
The bus will serve Merrion Square (National Gallery of Ireland); Dame Street (Chester Beatty Library and Temple Bar); Market Street off Thomas Street (Guinness Storehouse); Military Road (Irish Museum of Modern Art); Wolfe Tone Quay (National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks); Parnell Square (Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane; Dublin Writers’ Museum and the James Joyce Centre); Nassau Street (National Museum of Ireland); Trinity College (The Book of Kells and the new Science Gallery).
The service runs every 30 minutes and the first bus departs from the Merrion Square entrance of the National Gallery at 12:00.
Make use of the bus and explore Dublin further, check out all the exhibitions and events here in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and on the many webpages that list events and give you home town or your adopted temporary home a chance to impress you! ;-)

The nice state-owned Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park has already impressed with great advent and easter events and will provide more to enrich the cultural landscape in Dublin. This summer, Farmleigh House will be the venue for drive-in movies, a beer festival, live music and a book fair – and all for free.
The events will take place from the beginning of July and you will be able to enjoy a series of classic movies on a huge outdoor screen as well as see horror films and musicals.
A series of salon music concerts will take place which includes musicians such as Muzsikas from Hungary and Mali’s Ballake Cissokho. In addition experts from RTÉ’s The Dealers show will offer advice at an antique and rare book fair in July.
Athletics Ireland is organising a Family Fitness Festival, which includes a 5km open road race; the Farmleigh Affair Festival August offers two days of free music from both national and international artists and a two-day SeptemberFest 2008, loosely based on Munich’s Oktoberfest, will feature Ireland’s craft brewers showcasing traditional ales, beers and ciders as well as speciality food.
The cultural programme is coordinated by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the website for Farmleigh House is www.farmleigh.ie. The full programme can be found here: www.farmleigh.ie/media/farmleigh%20brochure%20lr1.pdf
I will try to keep track of all the events and will notify you of everything as much as possible. Please note that some of the events are free but ticketed and the ticket application deadline is VERY early. (Example: The deadline for ticketed event in July – even at the end of July – was 23 June and we have obviously missed that.) I will try to keep an eye on the ticket application deadlines as well, but I strongly suggest you have a look through the brochure to identify what event interest you and check the requirement for tickets.

It is a disappointing development that the suburbs of Dublin organise brilliant events, but don’t want to tell anybody about them. By coincidence I got in contact with the main organiser in Chapelizod and he provided a lot of information so that I could publicise their events. The Tallaght-Rathfarnham Arts Trail, was something I only found on a single website. The Dundrum Arts and Cultural Festival with a great list of really interesting events slipped totally through my fingers (it started on 22 June) and only through an AA Roadwatch notice I found out about it. It shows as well a serious weakness of all the event listing websites in Dublin. It seems that Dublin is limited to the area within the canal as far as they are concerned. I don’t have a solution to that problem (unfortunately I can’t chase events and search for festivals even more), but it would be great if there was a central point where all suburbs and towns and villages outside the canals would provide their information to. Do you have a good idea for that? Let me know! dublineventguide@gmail.com


As part of the Darklight Festival “Underground” is an exhibition featuring 10 artists, 3 music documentaries and an accompanying publication, all dealing with the changes in independent music culture over the last fifteen years, tracking the relationship between the local and the global, society and technology and charting the erasure of the boundary between the public and the private. The exhibition will take place in the basement of Road Records, an independent record shop on Fade Street in Dublin 2 and will be on show from Fri 27 June – Sun 6 July 2008. On Fri 27 June from 18:30 there will be a Launch Street Party at Road Records in Fade Street.
The artists exhibiting are: Garrett Phelan (IRL), Sarah Pierce (IRL), Adam Sutherland (UK), Francis McKee (Scotland), Robin Watkins (UK), Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain (Brazil), & Stephen Rennicks (Irl). www.myspace.com/undergroundexhibition

From 27 June – 26 July Green On Red Gallery presents “Sonic Youth” an exhibition of 7 international video artists whose work offers an extensive and in-depth exploration of the various possibilities of the crossover between popular culture and video art. The artists are Ben Kinsley, Yvonne Buccheim, David Blandy, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Johanna Billing, Kate Murphy and William Hunt. (Gallery Details: Green On Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard St. East, Dublin 2, www.greenonredgallery.com, Open: Mon- Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat 11.00 – 17.00)

This is an exhibition series celebrating Art and Archaeology. In June/July 2008, 23 international contemporary artists will take part in the Ábhar agus Meon exhibition series in Dublin as part of Ireland’s hosting of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress (29 June – 4 July 2008). Directed by Dr Ian Russell of the Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, exhibitions will occur at four venues throughout the city involving installations and interventions by artists exploring the themes, processes and practices of art and archaeology.

The Health Sciences Gallery, UCD (Health Sciences Building) will host the exhibition Glass House Stone. It will feature works by Adam Burthom (Ireland), Andrew Burton (UK), Gerard Byrne (Ireland), Fiona Coffey (Ireland), Dorothy Cross (Ireland), Tom Fitzgerald (Ireland), Bárbara Fluxá (Spain), Mark Garry (Ireland), Sean Hillen (Ireland), Áine Ivers (Ireland), Caroline McCarthy (Ireland), Denis O’Connor (New Zealand), Andy Parker (UK) and Aaron Watson (UK). Glass House Stone will be open from 11:00-17:00, Monday-Friday, 30 June – 31 July 2008.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art will host a new commission by Fiona Hallinan with sound designer Caoimhin O’Ragallaigh. Titled “The You That Is In It”, the audio installation will guide visitors through an intervention into the spaces of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The installation will be open 30 June – 16 November 2008.
More information on Ábhar agus Meon can be found at: www.amexhibition.com

The German/Brazilian artist Janaina Tschäpe exhibits at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from 25 June-28 Sept . Entitled “Chimera”, this exhibition is structured around the genetics of this fabled beast from ancient myth, to create a very specific atmosphere. Displayed and intertwined amongst 20 paintings are Tschäpe’s film and photographic works. (Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)

“In Between” is a Joint Installation of Drawings and Mixed-media exhibition by Caroline Loughnane & Una Kavanagh. The exhibition is on show in the Signal Arts Centre in Bray from 24 June – 06 July. Opening Reception is on Friday 27 June 19:00-21:00. (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)

The exhibition features the Spanish Civil War posters selected from the Pablo Iglesias Foundation, whose collection currently exceeds some 2000 copies. It is regarded an extraordinary testimony of republican poster–making, mostly for its scope and variety of themes, authors, institutions and the publishing organizations. The republican model followed the pattern of the First World War’s posters, reinforcing the effectiveness of the message and resorting to imagination through the common motives of isolation, political symbols, but also education, hygiene and warnings against abuse that may lead to war. The exhibition is on show from 26 June – 29 August and it can be visited Mon-Thurs 14:00-19:00, Fri 11:00-14:00. It is on show in the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, 2 Dublin.

A current MAVis student and a recent Visual Arts graduate from the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Barbora Švecová’s work entitled White Noise/ Clós súgradh / Playground can be seen at Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin 2, access via Fownes Street entrance. The Opening Reception is on 27 June 2008 at 18:00 and the exhibition continues on 28 and 29 June 2008 from 12:00 – 18:00 with performances at regular intervals. Contact: whitenoise@mavis.ie for further information

The Original Print Gallery is exhibiting “+1”, an artist led exhibition featuring the works of 10 international artists. Five European gallery artists were asked to choose an artist to show with them. The five printmakers Alexander Befelein, Borje Almqvist, Sandrine Peron, Christian Bozon and Simone Aaberg Kaern each picked an artist. (Gallery Details: Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.originalprint.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 10:30-17:30, Sat: 11.00-17:00, Sun: 14:00-18:00)


Last week the organisers of the Chapelizod Community Festival (29 June – 06 July) made tickets available for their extensive festival programme and in turn I will mention their events here again, including the non-free ones. Have a look and see if there is something you like.
Further information about the artists and the events you can find on www.chapelizodfestival.com/index.htm

28 June 2008:
+Last Tango in Chapelizod, Play by David Tristram and Chapelizod Players at 20:30 in Garda Boat Club, EUR 10 (inc refreshment) Bookings: 087 2596133
+Ben Dwyer (Classical Guitar) & Christine Dwyer-Hickey (Author) at 21:00 in St. Laurence’s Church, EUR 15

30 June 2008
+Pat Boran & Mark Granier (Reading) at 19:00 in Park Lane Gate, Phoenix Park, EUR 5
+The Phoenix Park, Talk by Brendan Nolan at 20:00 in The Band Room, Free
+Acoustic Night (Music) at 21:30 in The Bridge Inn, Free

01 July 2008
+Heritage Night (Talks on the Church in Pre-reformation Chapelizod, the Church and Graveyard, Law and Order in 18th Century Chapelizod) at 20:00 in St Laurence’s Church, Free
+Paso Group (Music and Storytelling) at 21:15 in The Villager, Free
02 July 2008
+Kevin Barry & Nuala Ní Chonchúir (Reading) at 19:00 in Park Lane Gate, Phoenix Park, EUR 5

03 July 2008
+Last Tango in Chapelizod, Play by David Tristram and Chapelizod Players at 20:30 in Mullingar House, EUR 10 (inc refreshment) *play2*
For bookings please call Geraldine 01 6266474 or 087 2596133

4 July 2008
+Conor Kostick (Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reading) at 19:00 in Park Lane Gate, Phoenix Park, EUR 5
+Seanog Ceili Band with Caller Seán Kavanagh at 21:00 in The Bridge Inn, Free

5 July 2008
+Caruso, Reemo, Colm Heaney & The Bad D.J.’s (Music) at 21:00 in The Bridge Inn, Free

By the way, in addition to the Acoustic Night on the 30 June, Lauren tells me that there are other Acoustic nights in the Bridge Inn on 28 June and on 29 June. The musicians for all three Acoustic Nights are Bobby Menton and friends (Georgie Furey and Karac Kennedy).

The Chester Beatty Library behind Dublin Castle is showing Rembrandt Etchings from the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam from 25 June – 14 September.
(Library Details: Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, www.cbl.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00 from 01 May-30 Sept, Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00 from 01 Oct – 30 Apr, Sat 11:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00)

From 19 June – 09 August 2008 the Graphic Studio Gallery’s exhibition “Summer Printfest” is taking place. This exhibition is part of the Imprint festival of print 2008 – 2009 incorporating ‘Revelation’ at the National Gallery of Ireland from April to September 2008, solo exhibitions, and ‘Artist’s Proof’ at the Chester Beatty Library in January 2009. The show features fresh works from Gallery artists and Graphic Studio Members and showcases a diverse range of printmaking techniques; etching, linocut, drypoint, carborundum and mezzotint. Artists includes master printmakers such as Robert Russell, Stephen Lawlor, James McCreary, renown printmakers Carmel Benson, Jean Bardon, Jenny Lane, Brian Lalor, Yoko Akino, Cliona Doyle and graduate award winners Maev Lenaghan, and Maedhbh Arthurs. Prints from Belfast Print and Seacourt Print Workshops will be represented. (Gallery Details: Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.graphicstudiodublin.com, Open: Mon-Fri: 10:00-17:30, Sat: 11:00-17:30)

The Darklight Festival starts on Thur 26 June and runs until 29 June. A lot of the events are film screening or workshops and are therefore not free. However if you search through the long list of events there are a few free events as well. Please check www.darklight.ie for the complete programme.
The free events this weekend are:
27 June
1) Virtual Cinema – The Light House, Smithfield Plaza, 18:30
Virtual Cinema shorts. The screening will be followed by a reception and networking session.
2) Chris Doyle: Selected Video Works, Temple Bar, Meeting House Square, 22:00
28 June
Uncle Conzo’s Cartoon Lounge Meeting Room, Irish Film Institute, 15:00
Darklight’s King Of Cartoons for a selection of classic Irish animation, suitable for children of all ages.

Commonplace Projects – a series of unique open workshops/interactive performances is taking place in Dublin’s city centre for the last three weeks. Each event is free and has been devised in collaboration between visual artists Sally Timmons and Paul Timoney.
Fridays 27 June 2008 at 11:00 and at 19:00
Saturdays 28 June 2008 at 14:00
There is a maximum capacity for each interactive performance and booking will be required at least the day before each event. For group [max 15] or individual bookings call: 086 3963845 or email: commonplaceprojects@gmail.com. See website for more information and press release: www.commonplace.ie/news

A well kept secret was this festival in Dundrum, by coincidence I found out about it when reading a road closure notice from the AA. Then I searched further and found am extensive list of great events that took place from 22 June and will go on until 29 June. Unfortunately the website (www.freewebtown.com/dundrumfestival/events.htm) doesn’t specify if the events are free or not, but I would expect that many of them are. Music Workshops, Dance evenings, German-Irish Night, Polish-Irish Night, Street Theatre, Clowns and Jugglers, Fireworks Displays and a Ceili Mor were the events on the list. Some are still about to take place on Fri, Sat or Sun. Have a look at the website if you live near or in Dundrum and if you hear about any other events during the year, please tell me about them.

Every Friday free Sahaja Yogais taught and practised for free in Temple Bar. A free Sahaja Yoga Meditation program is available to members of the public every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar.
Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called Self Realization that can occur within each human being. The process is described as ‘an inner transformation takes place by which one becomes moral, integrated and balanced’. The meeting organisers welcome newcomers. For more information on these yoga meetings contact Seamus Harten on SHarten@upc.ie


On the actual site of Dublin’s first Viking settlement at Wood Quay behind or in between the Dublin City Council Buildings the Viking Festival will take place on Sat 28 June and Sun 29 June.
Watch Viking battle re-enactments and interact with Vikings. Listen to music performances and watch live animal displays. Browse an extensive market in Essex street West that includes a Hog Roast, Celtic Handmade jewellery, fresh Strawberries, Traditional Homemade Jam, Homemade breads, and wrought Iron work.
The Wood Quay Amphitheatre is behind Christ Church and between the City Council buildings and the event will take place on both days from 12:00-18:00.
On Sunday the 29 June The Sea Stallion Viking Ship will depart from Dublin’s Docklands. Entertainment and Music is provided from 09:30-12:00.
The event organisers, Dublin City Council, describe these activities:
Mingle with authentically dressed Viking re-enactors displaying a variety of crafts including, a Blacksmith, Silversmith, Leather Worker, Textiles Worker, Cook, boat-builder and woodworker all in an area with authentic tents and exhibitions.
– Farmers/Food Market (12:00-18:00 on Essex Street East and Essex Street West).
– Celtic/Nordic Mandala (Street Art)
– Viking Village (12:00-18:00 Wood Quay)
– Living History Displays (12:00-18:00 Wood Quay)
– Battle Re-enactment (Wood Quay)
– Strolling Danish Fiddlers (Wood Quay and Temple Bar)
– Outdoor Screenings in Temple Bar
The Market will consist of traders in organic and whole food produce as well as meats and cheese. It will lead the public up Essex Street to the Amphitheatre where the Viking village will be placed.
The Viking Village and Living History displays will consist of
– Living History Encampment: an area with authentic tents and exhibitions. Considering the theme of the event, crafts displays based around boat building and woodwork should be a principle feature. Other crafts would include a Blacksmith, Silversmith, Leather Worker, Textiles Worker and Cook. A display of Falconry is also planned. All of the Living History People will be wear authentic Viking dress and use authentic replica tools. Members of the public will be able to walk around this area and interact with the different Characters.
– Military Display: At the appointed times choreographed fight scenes and weapon displays will take place. After each skirmish a short presentation on the weapons and their uses and history will be given. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and hold the weapons and armour.
It sounds very very interesting and I suggest that you go to this event. It will probably never happen again if it is directly linked to the Viking ship departure, so use your chance to experience it.

From its beginnings in 1980 as the Dublin International Organ & Choral Festival, Pipeworks has brought to Irish audiences a diverse programme of music-making with the organ at its centre. Every three years, pipeworks organises a ten-day festival and the next one will take place from 20-29 June 2008.
The website www.pipeworksfestival.com/events.html lists all events and the remaining free event of this festival is:
Sat 28 June at 15:00 in City Hall, Dame Street
Choral Cornucopia with New Dublin Voices, Mornington Singers, Cois Cladaigh, Resurgam.

The Tallaght-Rathfarnham Arts Trail is coming to an end (a little more information in the SUNDAY section) and the final events on Saturday are:
+Concert with Vladimir Jablokov and Friends
Vladimir Jablokov-violin, Alexander Jablokovviolin, Stefan Balazsovics-viola, Peter Vizvari-double bass. In 2006 Vladimir formed the Slovak Festival Orchestra bringing together many talented musicians from Slovakia. Their style is unusual as they perform classical music, gypsy jazz and European folk music in an energetic and uplifting manner that appeals to all ages, Library Square Tallaght, Time: 13:10
+Nemo the Magician
French born Nemo is a magician and street performer and provides a riveting experience for old and young. Library Square Tallaght, Time 15:00
+Tallaght Youth Theatre Performance
The Tallaght Youth Theatre will enact a short outdoor performance, False Dawn.
Library Square Tallaght, Time 19:00

The Piedescalso Art Café in 78 Thomas Street, Dublin 8 regularly provides cultural events (music+ singing, exhibitions, etc). The café is open from Mon-Sat 10:00-22:00 and the events take place during these hours. This Saturday 28 June from 17:30-19:30 the café is inviting to this: “Actress, Singer Songwriter and Smiler Dorothy aka Eleventyfour is treating us to her intimate musical moments. Sweetness from Sicily, truth from her heart and poetry from her Dublin bedroom….A voice and a guitar, as beautiful and simple as that.” Have a little listen on www.myspace.com/eleventyfour The kick-off time is 17:00, so try to be there before the concert starts. I understand that there is no admission charge (but be aware that the café is still open and sells its goods ;-) ). Should I be wrong and there is an admission charge, please let me know.

The organisers say “The Docklands Liffey Swim is an enjoyable but challenging 1.5 km swim organised by the NAC Masters Swimming Club. It’s a challenging and rewarding swim in the River Liffey and upwards of 200 swimmers are expected to participate.” Not my preferred type of enjoyment, but watching the swimmers is good fun. :-) The Men’s event starts at 17:30 and the Women’s race at 18:00. The race will start at Customs House Quay. For more detail about registration, visit the NAC Masters website. Please note, this is not THE Liffey Swim. The main Liffey Swim will take place in September and will go over 3km with over 300 participants. The event on this Saturday is the DOCKLANDS Liffey Swim. Nevertheless, it is interesting to watch

Do you remember that I in April I told you about the Technothreads exhibition in the Science Gallery. This exhibition is still ongoing and there are a good view ticketed but free additional events. These events (www.sciencegallery.com/events) typically “sell out” really fast, so if you are interested, you should register on the Science Gallery website. And here again the exhibition information:
The Science Gallery in the Naughton Building at the back of Trinity College (near Pearse Street DART Station) is still showing TechnoThreads: “Shirts that send hugs from a loved one, spray-on dresses and semi-living clothes. This is not a scene from a science fiction movie, but from the new exhibition TechnoThreads. TechnoThreads is all about the creative sparks that fly when the worlds of fashion and science collide. The exhibition, running from 26th April – 26th July 2008, offers you a glimpse into the future of fashion in a world where Biotech and Nanotech are combined with traditional craft and Haute Couture skills. Admission is FREE. Opening hours Tue-Fri 12:00 – 20:00, Sat/Sun 12:00 – 18:00. www.sciencegallery.com

I was wondering if I should list this event because it is unfortunately unavailable to you. :-( Only 8000 tickets were available in total, the website for requesting tickets was most of the time unavailable, the advertisement seemed to only kick in AFTER the tickets were gone and all in all, it is a good idea, but a disappointing result. However, it could be that you were lucky and got tickets OR your friends tell you about the event and if you had never heard about it you would wonder why I didn’t list it, so here is the information:
“We are delighted to welcome you to our Inaugural Family Day in the Houses of The Oireachtas. We hope that you will take some time to join us, have a picnic and enjoy both the family entertainment and other attractions. As part of the tour of the Houses, for the first time, members of the public can visit the chambers of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann. The Family Day will be a small step in our efforts to increase public awareness in the work of the Houses of The Oireachtas. We expect great demand for tickets, so early booking is advisable. Finally, we are looking forward to seeing you and your family at Leinster House on Sat 28 June and Sunday 29 June (10:00-18:00 on both days). www.oireachtasfamilyday.ie/ All tickets were already gone on 12 June, with 4000 tickets being snapped up in 1.5 hours. Maybe next year I will hear about it earlier.

No, no, don’t worry, it is not that the sleepless night drove me totally mad! This is an event organised by Gil Berkovich and it is indeed an international football competition. Gil writes: “I would like to invite you to the World Cup tournament 2008. This will be the third year that we are running this event. This will be the BIGGEST sport event of the summer! The 28th of June has been chosen as this is not only well into the Irish summer, but also one day only before the Final of the Euro 2008 football championship. Our aim is to ensure that we attract as many spectators and immigrants as we can for this event. The event will run from 11:00 – 18:00. Additional attractions planned for the day are: Music from around the world, Break-dance Show, Big Raffle draw, Bouncing Castles, Clowns, Mimic, Stilt Walking, Balloon Modelling, Face painting, and much more… One of the highlights of the event will be the BIG PARADE half way through the tournament. The BIG parade will feature all the participating countries with their flags – in the same manner of the Olympics- in front of an applauding crowd.
We want to maximize the number of people who attend the event and for the benefit of the general public and players there will be FREE transport from Connolly Train Station. We are advertising the event to everyone to bring their families, kids, friends and their neighbours. Please feel free to call me on: 087-1311137.”
It is a little late for you to register to participate in the football games, but you can still watch and enjoy all the other events during the day.
Here are Gil’s explanations regarding the football tournament:
“World Cup Tournament: Teams will take part in a 7-a-Side Soccer Tournament on the 28th June 2008 and will be held at the AUL Sports Grounds in Clonshaugh.
Teams will be placed into EIGHT GROUPS of FOUR TEAMS. Each team will play all the other 3 teams in their group. The Tournament will consist of 32 teams of 7-a-side from 32 countries around the world. This will be in the same manner like the real World Cup that is playing every 4 years. The 32 teams will be divided into 8 groups of 4 and will play in their respective groups each team 3 matches of 10 minutes each half. Then the TOP two teams from each group will qualify to the TOP 16.
The top 16 will then play for the CUP. This will be a knock out stages until the final of the Cup. The Bottom two teams in each group will qualify for the BOTTOM 16.
The bottom 16 will play for the Plate. This will also be a knock out stages until the final of the Plate. The matches will be played from 11:00am until 18:00pm where the finals will be played.
The main goal is to gather as many Immigrants from all around the world that are living in Ireland – to interact & cohabit together for a fun day, at the AUL Complex
Grounds in Clonshaugh which it main event will be 7-a-side soccer. The AUL Sport Grounds in Clonshaugh is on Dublin 17 and is located 5 minutes drive from Dublin Airport.” Thanks to Tania for telling me about this event!

Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets, the Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane, are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-17:00.

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As part of the Viking Festival, the Viking replica ship “Sea Stallion” which was on display in an exhibition in the National Museum (Collins Barracks) since June 2007, will go back to where it was built in Denmark. 60 people will sail the boat from Ireland via Scotland and Norway back to Denmark.
A celebration will be held to send the ship back in style and this celebration will start already at 09:30 with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir (until 10:15). Later Irish and Danish Shanty Singers and Danish Fiddlers will perform before the ship will leave at 11:45. The festivities will take place on Customs House Quay (north side) at the Sean O’Casey Bridge (Pedestrian Bridge near the IFSC).
I will definitely be there and if you can make it say Hi! :-)

The Viking Festival will continue on Sunday from 12:00-16:00. Check SATURDAY for details.

We are Here 3.0 is the third edition of a festival jointly organised by Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the Project Arts Centre. “The emphasis is on cutting-edge and accessible performance works that use everyday technology in a simple yet sophisticated way appealing to new audiences for performance.” In addition to a number of non-free events with Brokentalkers, DJ Nickodemus, Gob Squad, Lola Arias, Miet Warlop, Rabih Mroue, Rimini Protokol, Rotozaza and You’re Only Massive, there is one free event as well. The free event takes place on Grand Canal Square and is described like this “The Mr Whippy Soundsystem rolls up to Grand Canal Square with heavyweight speaker cones for an all-day sunshine-funtime Block Party. Bring the kids, a balloon, a whistle, your festival hat and over-sized sunglasses. Join in the Choc-steady Sundae party with Whippy-delic-projections, the Disco-Swirl mirror-ball (the world’s only six foot high ice cream cone mirror-ball!) – all for your outdoor-dancefloor pleasure!” The event takes place on Sunday 29 June from 12:00-19:00. Admission is free. www.wearehere.ie/index.jsp?&pID=468&nID=469&aID=759

The above event is for “footed” people but has a component for roller bladders as well. Roller bladders and Skaters are welcome to take part in the Mr Whippy Event on Grand Canal Square. The bladders and skaters meet at 12:00 for some skating to the music. A slalom session will be set up and you will be invited to try slaloms and tricks if you wish and the event will finish with a “speed slalom competition” for the people that need a challenge. Beginners, don’t have to worry, Grand Canal Square is completely car free so you can skate safely there and since we are bringing the Meet&Train Skate group from Phoenix Park to Grand Canal Square, we are more than happy to help and advise beginners as well on their first “steps” on roller blades.

The Hugh Lane Gallery’s Sunday at Noon concerts are back. This week Peter Sonn, tenor and Duo Nota Bene perform works by Haydn and Beethoven. The concert starts at 12:00 and admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/concerts/whatson.asp

The Tallaght-Rathfarnham Arts Trail is a week long programme of events, each event with its own distinctive artistic flavour, celebrating the work of local, national and international artists and places an emphasis on the use of public spaces. It takes place in Tallaght and Rathfarnham. The comprehensive programme is here: arts.southdublin.ie/images/stories/B16549%20Fused%20Theatre.pdf
The major remaining event on Sunday and certainly one of the headline events is:

An Afternoon of Performance, Past and Present, for Old and Young. Bring your own picnic and enjoy the host of activities culminating in Chapterhouse Theatre production of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Over the course of the afternoon enjoy Medieval Magic, Lute and Flute, Facepainting, Costume Party, Knights and Fire Eaters, Garden Fairies, Court Jesters and Fairytales and Fables. Prizes given for the most imaginative medieval costume on the day.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
‘King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’ is a brand new production from Chapterhouse Theatre, for families and children of all ages, with a script especially commissioned from the world famous stories of Camelot, Arthur and Merlin. In the fantastical world of Medieval Knights, join a company of travelling players as they tell the heroic deeds of perhaps the greatest King of any time or place. Join Arthur on his journey as his tale unfolds with sword, sorcery and song.
The event takes place in Rathfarnham Castle Park and admission is free. The park opens at 15:00 for the festival and the King Arthur performance commences at 18:00

Sun 29 June is the National Play Day 2008 and led by the National Play Resource Centre, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will organise a Play Day for the County in Cabinteely Park on Sunday June 29 from 14:00-17:00. Young residents in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area will get to enjoy a play day full of street games, storytelling and getting messy this weekend. Participation is free, but tickets are required and are available from Cabinteely Libray.

I am not 100% sure if this event is demonstration is taking place again this week in Grafton Street, but keep your eyes peeled for it! ;-) If it will take place, it will be on 29 June at 13:00: A Capoeira Street Roda is taking place in Grafton Street. This will be a great demonstration of Capoeira, the Brazilian blend of dance, martial art and game, with the real music and instruments from Brazil. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The dance/game/martial art is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts.
These Street rodas are going to take place most Sundays during Summer time. Mundo Capoeira also organises workshops and performances regularly and you can find information about their events on www.capoeiraireland.com.

The Rollerblading “Meet&Train” is meeting this week NOT in Phoenix Park, but instead at the Grand Canal Square “We are here” festival (see above) on Sunday at 13:00. See www.skatetraindublin.blogspot.com for details.

The Sugar Club in Leeson Street invites to a screening of the Euro 2008 final Germany – Spain. Doors are from 19:00 and the match will be shown on the big Sugar Club screen. Should be great fun to watch it in this venue with lots of other people. The Sugar Club is definitely more suited for it than many of the pubs with their tiny screens. ;-) Admission is free.

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. Many events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

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You thought there ain’t such thing as a free lunch? But there is! :-) Ok, it doesn’t happen to often, but on Tuesday 01 July and on Wed 02 July you have the chance to get a free lunch if you are in Koishi between 12:00 and 14:30. Koishi is a brand new Japanese Restaurant in Ballsbridge, just across the road from the American Embassy and on the second floor above an Indian Restaurant and not far from the Embassy Grill chipper. To celebrate their launch and to give people a chance to see what Koishi is all about, they are inviting to a free lunch on these two days. If they run out of food, you are out of luck, but otherwise, go for it! The address is 174 Pembroke Road and the phone number is 01 6688393. Koishi offer lunch from Mon – Fri from 12:00-14:30 and dinner from Mon-Sun from 18:00-23:30. The restaurant has a capacity of 55 people, if you want to bring all your friends.
Thanks to Rie for telling me about this opportunity!

A Recruitment Fair for Graduates with Disabilities and Employers is taking place on 01 July in Dublin Castle. The WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) programme is offering graduates the opportunity to take part in a six-month mentored work placement programme. Companies involved in the programme and attending the fair include: Abbott Ireland, Bank of Ireland, The Civil Service, DCU, IBM International Ltd, Irish Life & Permanent, Microsoft Ireland, An Post and RTÉ. Some of these employers will have placements available on the WAM programme. This event is for graduates with disabilities / specific learning difficulties, employers, staff and those working in the disability sector. In addition to stands to talk to representatives of the companies, there will be a series of workshops. Admission is free. For further information contact the WAM office on 01 2789325 or email wam@ahead.ie

You are invited to the 1st Friendship BBQ and art picnic in 2008 organised by Irish Chinese Culture and Sport Association (ICCSA) in collaboration with the artists from the Ni Hao – Dia Duit cross cultural art project. The event takes place on 01 July at the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s studios from 13:00-17:00. Food and beverage will be provided. Members of the Chinese communities in Dublin are invited to the art tours in IMMA and art works showcasing artistic interventions on cultural issues. These works are from Thomas O’Connor, Jay Koh, Holly Pereira, Katherine Sankey and Fiona Whitty.

The Sixth World Archaeological Congress and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture invite you to view the multimedia exhibition “History Lost” about the illicit trade of antiquities. The exhibition will run from 01 July-23 July in the chq Building in the IFSC (next to George’s Dock) and the opening times are Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-18:00 and Sun 12:00-18:00.

Howard Linnane and the tapas bar Havana in Georges Street, Dublin 2 are presenting a new Café Cinema event, where quality short films are screened for free every week. The event is taking place on Tues from 16:30-18:00 and a selection of short films will be screened in the café. Filmmakers can bring along their own shorts for possible screening in the ‘pot luck’ section at the end of the event.
Howard didn’t send me this week’s film list, so maybe check with him before you go to make sure that the event takes place. For further information, contact Howard Linnane: 086 3614787

Against the backdrop of Three Sisters, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill speaks from a poet’s perspective on our understanding of love. The event takes place in the Abbey Theatre on Tues 01 July from 18:15-19:00. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html


Dub Laoghaire-Rathdown are offering you a chance to hear great music from Wed-Fri on the bandstand in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. The concerts will run from 13:00-14:00 and are free.
02 Jul Slovak Ensemble, Classical
03 Jul The Folksmen, Traditional
04 Jul Karen Egan, Cabaret

Howard Linnane (086 3614787) is in co-operation with the pub “Russells of Ranelagh” running a film club. The film club shows screenings of Irish short films and feature films for free on the big screen in “Russells” in Ranelagh.
The next event is on Wed 02 July and I assume it is at 14:00 again, however, please ring Howard prior to going there to make sure that the event is on and to find out which film will be shown.
(Russells of Ranelagh is on the main street, just down from the Luas station and across from the Triangle).

As mentioned in the intro, on Wed 02 July Colette Henry is organising a fundraising event for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Unit. The event will take place in the Sugar Club and doors will open at 20:00. On this evening of Jazz, Latin, Gospel and Soul music, you will hear the Colette Quartet, The
Graceland Gospel Choir, Kevin Doyle (as Elvis) and The Way It Was
Orchestra and The Divas of Jazz and Soul with performances throughout the event. In addition there will be a raffle for great prices. Tickets are EUR 15 and are available on 086 3261965 or colettemusic@gmail.com.
The Colette Quartet consists of Colette Henry (vocals), John Taylor (piano), COrmac O’Brien (Bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums). The Graceland Gospel
Choir, Kevin Doyle and ‘The Way It Was’ Orchestra are a 20 people strong line-up with Kevin Doyle as Elvis. You might know that I sing in the Graceland Gospel Choir and that we had concerts in recent months in the National Concert Hall, the Olympia, the Tivoli and that we were on the Late Late Show with Ray Walker from Elvis’ original backing line-up “The Jordanaires”.
Together with the Colette Quartet, the ‘Divas of Blues and Soul’, a 5 piece femme fatale vocal ensemble (Ann-Marie Redmond, Natasha Czopar, Liza Hingerty, Emilie Conway and Colette Henry) will perform. Alex Mathias will play saxophone.
I can promise great performances, so come along on Wednesday!


A Garden Walking Tour in Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park with Farmleigh Gardeners as guest speakers is taking place at 14:30. www.farmleigh.ie

“Moving Worlds – Cinemas of Migration” is a film series on migration and integration and is the topic of a series of Film Screenings, Discussions and Workshops from May to November 2008. Feature films and documentaries from Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom and USA will be screened weekly.
The film screenings will be complemented by discussions and workshops.
All movies are in Original language with English Subtitles. Admission is free. For more information contact 01 402 3108 or rashmi.sawhney@dit.ie. Moving Worlds has been organised by the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS) at DIT, in association with various cultural institutes (incl. Instituto Cervantes, Goethe-Institut, Austrian embassy, Alliance Francaise and Create).
The first part of the series will run from 22 May until 10 July 2008 with a screening every Thursday evening at 18:00. Part two will take place from 2 October 2008 until 20 November 2008.
The seventh film will be screened on 03 July at 18:00 in the Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The title of the film is “Chaltura – Leila and Lena”
(Dir: Michael Pfeifenberger, Austria/Israel 2005, 83 min.) Leila and Lena tells the story of a young female Russian immigrant and a young female Bedouin living in Israel. The two women become friends despite religious and political barriers while studying cinema at High School. While working together on a film they are constantly confronted with pictures from their own histories, which they use to shape the film. Michael Pfeifenberger will be present at the screening and will introduce the film.


The Bray Summer Festival will kick-off with the first event on Fri 04 July: “Yurodny” will perform on the Mermaid Civic Plaza from 13:00-14:00. At this open air concert “a fiery brand of gypsy dances, winding Arabic melodies and Balkan brass anthems will put the audience through their paces and usher in the summer festival season.”

The Open Air Movie Screenings in Temple Bar are commencing on Fri 04 July with the first screening. You need to get tickets before (from 28 June) and you can get them from the Temple Bar Information Office. All screenings are free, but are ticketed. The event is for over 18 year olds only. The Opening Gala on Fri 04 July at 21:30 will see the screening of “The Commitments” with live music from one of Ireland’s best known contemporary bands. Tickets available from 28 June. Please note that the Gates will open at 21:00.
Tickets can be collected in person from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Open Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-15:00. Alternatively you can send a Self Addressed Envelope (SAE) to Jameson Movies on the Square Tickets c/o Temple Bar Cultural Trust, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 clearly stating the specific event for which you would like tickets, for receipt no longer than two weeks before the event.
Please include a photocopy of your ID. www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_13.html

Due to the short duration of this event AND because at least two (Francesca La Morgia and Iwona Stefanczuk) but potentially more Dublin Event Guide Community Members are involved in it, I will pre-announce this event which will take place next weekend (05+06 July):

5m2 Art Project is a platform for emerging and established artists and creatives to interact with each other on the 05 and 06 July 2008. This multimedia event will encompass approximately fourty artists such as painters, photographers, writers, poets, comedians, actors, film-makers, dancers and musicians from different countries and backgrounds. Both visual artists and performers will exhibit their works within a space of 5m2 each. The event will take place at the Back Loft, c/o La Catedral Studios, 7/11 St. Augustine Street, Dublin 8. For more information www.5m2.weebly.com

And another pre-announcement:

The Hewlett Packard Treasure Hunt is taking place in Dublin on Sat 05 July between 11:00 and 16:30. The hunt will last for approx. 1 hour, but you can start at any time between 11:00 and 15:30. Whole families can take part and can win a printer and printing supplies. To register and to find out some more detail go to www.hp.com/ie/summer. The treasure hunt will start at St. Stephen’s Green.


Surprise, surprise, another “longest” Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). And that despite that fact that I left out quite a number of events this week. There are lots of free events, workshops and talks in the different museums (National Museum, Hugh Lane Gallery, National Gallery) but I can just not fit them all.

And another surprise: I managed to finish this week’s Event Guide about 4 hours earlier than last week’s. No it is not because I was more efficient, the reason is that I did more work before and started earlier last night. I’ll see if I can keep that up!

Enjoy the weekend!


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